Handicap Bars / August 1, 2018 / Rossana Pugliesi.
As our eyesight changes it is harder to see these barriers and they can truly become a safety issue especially when using a walker or cane to assist in mobility. Home builders have certainly come to realize the importance of the features mentioned above and incorporate some of these into their new home construction. But there are issues outside the home that should be considered as just as important: * Distance to stores or health care offices Lawn care and snow removal * Gates or fences for privacy and protection * Sidewalks or other hard surface areas around the neighborhood * Access to public transportation or availability of other transportation options As we age our ability to take care of and protect ourselves and our property and our capability to travel to stores health care entertainment and other locations all begin to change as time passes. If we can think about some of these issues now before they cause difficulty then the transition to aging in place becomes much less stressful.
Along with the disabled and elderly families with young children and even a pregnant mom will benefit from the extra added security in being able to safely enter and exit a bathtub or shower area. We all know slipping and falling on a wet bathroom surface is no fun and can be dangerous. The first point here is to be sure we have the correct bar. Being that this is a wet environment most bars are stainless steel but there are other moisture resistant choices such as powder coat paint brass and even different shapes that dont quite look like the traditional curve ended institutional stainless although stainless is the most functional and cleans up the best.
There are enough diameters available to keep small or weak hands satisfied too smaller ones for hands that cant grip something so wide. Also available are colored rubber grips that you can attach to the grab bars and make it extra safe to hold on to. Depending on what your bathroom looks like you might think: "I dont want these ugly old grab bars in my bathroom! It will make the place look like a hospital room and I dont want that!" This is a fallacy. The bars come in shining stainless steel and white brushed nickel and old world bronze for that feel of home instead of the cold cruelty of a hospital room. The ends of the bars can be balls or ornate fixtures as well so you dont have to go pick out the standard just because it exists - there are plenty of items to choose from.
When installing a grab bar with a suction base the user should; Ensure that it is mounted on a clean smooth flat non porous surface Make sure the handle is securely attached before use if it is loose reapply to the surface until firmly attached Do not place on cracked tiles uneven surfaces or over tile grout Grab bars with a suction base are usually not suitable for use on tiles smaller than 4.7inches x 4.7 inches or 12cm x 12cm. Installing a grab bar that requires screw fixing is a little more technical as solid fixing is required in the wall behind the bathroom linings. Some home owners have difficulty finding this solid fixing without damaging the wall finishes and it is recommended to employ a professional to carry out this type of installation also ensuring the correct and safe installation.